Tired of hearing that old yarn about Christianity being anti-science or responsible for the dark ages or stagnating scientific inquiry?
Well, you cannot keep the skeptics from repeating the same old arguments, but you can obtain the best resources available with which to respond. One such important resource has been CADRE member Bede. Bede has announced an important new project. He has launched a new website where you can download the first chapter of his book, God’s Philosophers: How the Medieval World Laid the Foundations of Modern Science, free. While there, you should also register your interest in the book to help convince a publisher that it would be commercially viable.
Here is Bede's description:
God’s Philosophers tells the unfamiliar story of how advances in science and mathematics during the Middle Ages led directly to the period usually called “The Scientific Revolution”. It debunks the myth that the medieval era was one when all progress was obscured by the clouds of superstition. On the contrary, reason was lauded and even the Christian church supported the study of logic and philosophy. Along the way, you will read about many exciting characters and stories such as the doomed lovers Abelard and Heloise, the terrible fate of the astrologer Cecco D’Ascoli and the wretched family of Italian polymath Jerome Cardan. The book ends with the tumultuous career of Galileo and shows just how much his work owed to his medieval predecessors.